Dean's Lecture Series: Mike Taitoko Event as iCalendar

01 November 2017

12 - 1:30pm

Venue: B102.105 - FUW, Old Government House, 24 Princes Street

The Faculty of Engineering’s Deans Lecture Series is an exciting initiative launched in 2016 to build collegiality among our professional and academic community. We thrive on providing a collaborative environment where knowledge is freely shared, so we welcome you to come along, get together, and hear stories from our range of inspirational speakers from engineering and beyond. This ongoing event will showcase different topics, content, formats, and speakers throughout the year.

Our next speaker is Mike Taitoko (Ngāti Maniapoto), who will be discussing the partnership capacity Māori can offer in the innovation landscape. Nibbles will be served after the talk. 


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Māori and the innovation system

Managing Director, Waiora Pacific          

A heightened awareness of Mātauranga Māori in our research and social ecosystem is beneficial in our continuous journey to seek creative and innovative solutions. Mike Taitoko, will consider how engineering, science, and data can inform, and influence Māori business decision making and the modern Māori economy. Learn about what we, as engineers, scientists, and researchers, have to offer, as we increase our strategic partnerships with Māori.


About the speaker

Mike Taitoko (Ngati Maniapoto) is one New Zealand’s most dynamic tech entrepreneurs, and a leading specialist and adviser in the field of Māori and indigenous economic development. He is co-founder and Managing Director of Waiora Pacific, a technology company commercialising cloud-based geospatial analytics services, and the founder of his previous company Tuia Consulting, a leading Maori advisory firm focusing on the commercial growth and economic development of the Maori economy in New Zealand and the Pacific.

Mike is actively involved in growing the Māori tech space, and is also an independent director of a number of businesses and organisations including Mercury (NZ) Ltd, Cognition Education, Auckland, Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the Committee for Auckland. He is a past director of Industrial Research Ltd (now Callaghan Innovation) and a past Massey School of Business Advisory Board member. He has a Master of Business Administration(with Distinction) from Massey University.